Michael Webb

Professor Michael Webb

Director - Defence & Security

Teletraffic Research Centre

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Michael Webb joined the University of Adelaide in July 2008 where he is currently Director, Defence and Security, providing a single point of contact within the University for Defence and Security related research and education. In addition, Michael continues as the Deputy Director (Defence) at the Centre for Defence Communications and Information Networking (CDCIN). His research interests include policy defined networking, network traffic profiling and understanding the dynamics of trust in society as applied to cyber security. Michael has a PhD in physics from the University of St Andrews and a Master’s in mathematical psychology from the University of Adelaide. Prior to working in academia, Michael worked in the Defence Science and Technology Group for over 20 years. While at DST Group he led research in the following areas: over-the-horizon and microwave radar; signals intelligence; and command & control. Michael received the Australian Operational Service Medal (Iraq and ICAT) for his leadership of a mixed military and civilian team in the evaluation of the deployed Defence communications capability in the Middle-East Area of Operations during 2006. Michael also received a commendation for the David Marr Prize in Cognitive Science (2004), recognition for his outstanding contribution to re-architecting the Australian Signals Directorate (2000), and an Outstanding Presentation Award for IEEE MTT-S (1994). Since moving into the university sector, Michael has led a diverse range of applied research including: development of a C3 stress modelling methodology for application to Special Forces missions and Australia’s Joint Amphibious Capability; development of an information architecture for Australia’s highly dispersed Electronic Warfare capability; technology forecasting for Australia’s Special Forces; development of a prototype Strategic Common Picture (STRATCP) for Defence’s Strategic Command Group; as well as the development of a number of decision support and modelling applications in Defence communications.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Director, Defence & Security University of Adelaide
    2010 Deputy Director, Defence, Centre for Defence Communications and Information Networking University of Adelaide
    2008 - 2009 Senior Analyst, Defence, The Centre for Defence Communications and Information Networking University of Adelaide
    2002 - 2008 Head of Group (Principal Research Scientist) DSTO, Department of Defence
    1995 - 2002 Senior Research Scientist DSTO, Department of Defence
    1992 - 1995 Research Scientist DSTO, Department of Defence
    1989 - 1992 Research Scientist Cadet at University of St Andrews, UK DSTO, Department of Defence
    1988 - 1989 Antenna Design Engineer DSTO, Department of Defence
    1987 Electronics Design Engineer Practel Pty Ltd
    1986 Antenna and Hi-Fi Loudspeaker Design Engineer Duntech Pty Ltd
    1985 Research Assistant University of Adelaide
    1984 Distribution Engineer Electricity Trust of South Australia
    1983 RF Design Engineer Codan Pty Ltd
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2010 University of Adelaide Australia Master of Medical Science,
    1989 - 1992 University of St Andrews United Kingdom PhD,
    1979 - 1982 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Engineering (Hons),
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2007 - 2007 Executive Leadership Development Program Defence Science Technology Organisation, Department of Defence Australia
  • Position: Director - Defence & Security
  • Phone: 83130128
  • Email: m.webb@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4395
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ingkarni Wardli, floor 5
  • Room: 5 25
  • Org Unit: Teletraffic Research Centre

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